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Sky Muse
sage


Reged: 10/26/12

Loc: De Soto County, MS
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: melinda fry]
      #5519443 - 11/14/12 12:07 PM

Great choice, Melinda!



Cheers!

Alan


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F60.4
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Reged: 10/26/11

Loc: Norfolk England
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: Sky Muse]
      #5519635 - 11/14/12 02:50 PM

I am repeatedly stunned by the performance of my TSA102.

You will love it. Great choice.


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melinda fry
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Reged: 04/28/10

Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: F60.4]
      #5520433 - 11/15/12 12:57 AM

I can't wait to get the scope. Fingers crossed for some clear nights,
So that i can get some nice views of Jupiter.


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F60.4
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Reged: 10/26/11

Loc: Norfolk England
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: melinda fry]
      #5521375 - 11/15/12 02:56 PM

I had a great night observing Jupiter last Saturday with the TSA102. With a Nagler 7mm attached, there was detail in the bands, almost filamentous, and shading differentiation toward the poles. Incredible crisp image rendition and contrast. It was very good seeing and transparency conditions helped a lot but the scope is magnificent.

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BillP
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Reged: 11/26/06

Loc: Vienna, VA
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: F60.4]
      #5521592 - 11/15/12 05:16 PM

Quote:

I am repeatedly stunned by the performance of my TSA102.




I am as well. The only scope I've had that has had this affect on me. And if you enjoy pushing the limits of what a 4" can do on planetary, you will thank yourself for going with the better color correction of the TSA over the Vixen as this matters when doing this.


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plyscope
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/23/06

Loc: Perth, West Australia
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: F60.4]
      #5521702 - 11/15/12 06:38 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

I am another happy owner of a TSA 102.

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melinda fry
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Reged: 04/28/10

Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: FaronD]
      #5521926 - 11/15/12 09:15 PM

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Hi Melinda, congrats on your purchase!! Whenever I make a substantial purchase, I'll read as many reviews as possible to help me make an informed decision. Afterward, I continue to read to back up my purchase. If you are interested in an excellent shootout where the TSA102 comes out on top, check out Daniel's shootout 2/3rds down the
page. There are 110mm and 115mm scopes compared as well.
[url=http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbarchive/showflat.php?

Cat=&Board=refractors&Number=2624353&bodyprev=]http://www.
.com/ubbarchive/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=refractors...[/url]



Faron




Hi Faron

Great report on the tsa 102


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melinda fry
super member


Reged: 04/28/10

Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: plyscope]
      #5521932 - 11/15/12 09:19 PM

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I am another happy owner of a TSA 102.




Very nice I've got about 3 weeks until I get to see mine like that.


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tomcody
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 07/06/08

Loc: Titusville, Florida
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: melinda fry]
      #5522595 - 11/16/12 10:23 AM

Quote:

Hi all
Thanks for your help.
Well I did it deposit on a tsa 102N should be here in about 2 weeks.
Just have to get some nice eyepieces to use with it now.



You only need three:
Ethos 21, 13 and 8mm.
Astro Physics Barcon (gives about 10.5, 6.5 and 4mm with above three)
And I find a Televue Nagler 3-6mm zoom helpful with changing seeing conditions on planets.
I would start with the 13mm and the Barcon (that combo won me over)
Rex


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FaronD
sage


Reged: 03/25/10

Loc: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: melinda fry]
      #5522735 - 11/16/12 11:29 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Hi Melinda, congrats on your purchase!! Whenever I make a substantial purchase, I'll read as many reviews as possible to help me make an informed decision. Afterward, I continue to read to back up my purchase. If you are interested in an excellent shootout where the TSA102 comes out on top, check out Daniel's shootout 2/3rds down the
page. There are 110mm and 115mm scopes compared as well.
[url=http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbarchive/showflat.php?

Cat=&Board=refractors&Number=2624353&bodyprev=]http://www.
.com/ubbarchive/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=refractors...[/url]



Faron




Hi Faron

Great report on the tsa 102





It seems to be the general consensus on that scope.

Faron


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melinda fry
super member


Reged: 04/28/10

Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: tomcody]
      #5523783 - 11/17/12 01:54 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Hi all
Thanks for your help.
Well I did it deposit on a tsa 102N should be here in about 2 weeks.
Just have to get some nice eyepieces to use with it now.



You only need three:
Ethos 21, 13 and 8mm
Astro Physics Barcon (gives about 10.5, 6.5 and 4mm with above three)
And I find a Televue Nagler 3-6mm zoom helpful with changing seeing conditions on planets. :grin
I would start with the 13mm and the Barcon (that combo won me over)
Rex [/quot

Hi I'm doing a lay-buy on a 13mm hope to get that before Xmas I've
Always wanted on. What's it like to use with the tsa.


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tomcody
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 07/06/08

Loc: Titusville, Florida
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: melinda fry]
      #5524123 - 11/17/12 10:44 AM

Quote:


I would start with the 13mm and the Barcon (that combo won me over)
Rex

Hi I'm doing a lay-buy on a 13mm hope to get that before Xmas I've
Always wanted on. What's it like to use with the tsa.



Melinda, I think that the combination of TSA102 and Televue Ethos 13mm is magic! I have never seen a better view with any other eyepiece, If I did not want a wider view at times or more power for planets, I would say that one eyepiece (if it is the Ethos 13mm) is all you need with that scope.
Also I can not say enough about how good the AP Barcon works with Ethos eyepieces. ( it extends the eye relief distance of the Ethos and makes them more comfortable than they already are! For this reason, I would not use a power mate type extender with them).
P.S. I plan to get rid of all my eyepieces except for the ones listed above (and my pairs for my Maxbright binos). For me it is all about viewing not collecting, so why keep a bunch of eyepieces around that are not used much when a few great ones will do it all!
Rex


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deeplight
journeyman


Reged: 10/07/07

Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: tomcody]
      #5524530 - 11/17/12 03:00 PM

Rex: I am interested in what eyepieces you use with the binoviewer on your TSA 102. I take it your complete eyepiece set for this scope includes the Ethos 13mm plus 2 or three sets for the bino.
thanks much,
John


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tomcody
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 07/06/08

Loc: Titusville, Florida
Re: Vixen 115 Ed or tak tsa 102 new [Re: deeplight]
      #5524590 - 11/17/12 03:49 PM

Quote:

Rex: I am interested in what eyepieces you use with the binoviewer on your TSA 102. I take it your complete eyepiece set for this scope includes the Ethos 13mm plus 2 or three sets for the bino.
thanks much,
John



John, I have the Ethos 13 and 8mm and a Nagler 26mm (which was half the cost of the 21 Ethos. IF I ever get another clear sky in Florida again? I will check out the Nagler 26 and see if I want to keep it or replace it with a 21 Ethos.
As for the binos, I use Meade series 4000 SWA (Japan) eyepiece pairs in 24, 18 and 13.8 mm and enjoy them very much. I have also purchased Panoptic pairs in 19 and 15 mm, again when I get some good viewing evenings, I will compare them to the Meade SWA's and see which sets I want to keep.
Note, I also have University Optic ortho pairs down to 6mm and a Nagler 7mm pair but I have found that anything under the 13.8 mm pair is not comfortable to view with (probably the small exit pupils are just uncomfortable to keep centered in both eyes) so I stay above 14mm and use GPC's and a Barcon to adjust the final power.
Rex
P.S. I find that either the 18 or 24 mm pairs are the most comfortable and use them often. (with binos, its all about eye comfort and reducing eyestrain and 18 to 25 mm seems to be the sweet spot)


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